Master of Business Administration

A comprehensive and innovative MBA degree to prepare business students for a career in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

ProGRAM Highlights

The rapidly-evolving global marketplace of today is highly competitive; it demands a new kind of leadership. Students need a deep grounding in business theory along with first-rate leadership skills, an understanding of the changing environment that business operates in, and a keen understanding of human behavior and the ability to motivate -- not dominate -- co-workers. The MBA programs at Golden Gate University's Ageno School of Business are designed to give students the skills and knowledge needed to become a successful MBA graduate in this new business environment.


Traditional Evening & Weekend MBA Program

Designed for working professionals and full time students, the traditional MBA program gives you the opportunity to pursue a designated concentration for your learning style and interests.

This is a flexible MBA program making it easier to balance your studies, work and personal life. You can proceed at your own pace in sequencing courses, deciding how many to take in a given trimester either in person or through our online CyberCampus.

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Professional MBA Program (PMBA)

This cohort program requires five years of full-time work experience. The program is an intensive and rewarding 16-months emphasizing the skills needed to meet real business challenges. Classes meet in person on alternating Saturdays for sixteen months and leverage our online Cybercampus platform to reduce the time spent in class. We are currently accepting applications for our next cohort in San Francisco.

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JD/MBA Joint Degree Program

The School of Law and Ageno School of Business partner to offer an accelerated MBA program for students who want to pursue a JD concurrently.

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Graduates of the MBA program will be able to:
  • Work effectively in teams
  • Sell their ideas
  • Apply theory to understand real practical situations
  • Think "outside the box" and develop novel solutions
  • Integrate the functional department issues into a coherent strategic whole
  • Analyze and synthesize problems
  • Manage the development of their own careers

And will be knowledgeable about:
  • Current international and global issues
  • Ethical and diversity issues
  • Current technology and environmental issues
  • Leading change in an organization
  • Current management trends


Ageno School of Business Courses: $2,610 per 3-unit course

Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.


This program is offered at the following locations: San Francisco , Online .

Student Success rates

Fall 2007 Masters of Business Administration starters success over a 5 year period:
Graduation rate after 3 years
Graduation rate after 5 years
Continuing after 5 years
Stopped taking classes
63% 70% 2% 28%


GMAT Requirement

Applicants to the master of business administration degree program are required to take the GMAT. Some exceptions to this requirement exist.

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to the master of business administration degree program must meet the graduate writing proficiency requirement.

Computer Proficiency Requirement

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a working familiarity with computers and software applications appropriate for graduate studies. Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet analysis and network access capabilities are included for evaluation. Deficiencies in computer proficiency may require additional work as determined by the faculty.

Math Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to this program are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to College Algebra (MATH 30).

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Foundation Program — 18 units

Accounting for Managers*
ECON 202
Economics for Managers
ITM 225
Management Information Systems
MGT 204
International Business and Strategy
MGT 210
Management Theory and Communications
MATH 240
Data Analysis for Managers

*Not required for students who are taking an MBA with a concentration in accounting.

Advanced Program — 30 units

Core Courses — 18 units

MGT 300
Managerial Analysis and Team Dynamics (must be taken as part of the first six units of the advanced program)
FI 300A
Managerial Finance
MKT 300
Marketing Management
OP 300
Operations Management
MGT 345
Contextual Environment of Business
MGT 362
Developing Strategies for Competitive Advantage (must be taken as part of the final six units of the advanced program)

General Concentration — 12 units

Whatever the student’s goal in the world of business, the general concentration allows the student to tailor the MBA program to his or her individual needs.

Students may choose any four 3-unit courses from the GGU graduate catalog to build a custom course of study. With an array of electives to choose from, students can pick those courses that provide the set of knowledge and skills that they will need in their careers. Students may select courses from accounting, economics, finance, human resource management, information technology management, international business, management, marketing, operations and supply chain management, project management, public administration, public relations, psychology or taxation.

Required Courses — 12 units

Four courses (12 units) from any 300- or 400-level courses with the following prefixes: ACCTG, ECON, EMPA, FI, HSM, ITM, MGT, MKT, OP, PR, PSYCH or TA.

Accounting Concentration — 12 units

A computative graduate concentration designed to train MBA students for an accounting specialty.

The concentration in accounting is recommended for MBA students with a background in accounting, or students who have a strong interest in the field. Whether students' career goals lie in the public sector, private industry, or not-for-profit organizations, they learn how to apply the theory and practice of contemporary accounting to a variety of management positions. They get abundant hands-on practice, a strong foundation in the latest technology used in the field, and the accounting and management tools needed to be a leader in their chosen organization.

Required Courses — 12 units

Accounting Research and Communication
Advanced Financial Accounting
Issues in Modern Management Accounting
Any other 300-level course with the ACCTG prefix, which may include:
Internship: Accounting

Students who choose the accounting concentration also need to satisfy the following proficiency requirement and foundation courses:

Undergraduate Proficiency Requirement — 3 units*

Financial Accounting

Accounting Foundation Courses — 9 units*

Financial Accounting for Accounting Majors**
Intermediate Accounting I**
Intermediate Accounting II**

*All ACCTG foundation courses will be waived for those students who have passed the CPA examination.

**Individual foundation courses can be waived. ACCTG 2000 will be waived upon completion of ACCTG 1A or its equivalent and satisfactory score on the School of Accounting ACCTG 200 waiver examination. ACCTG 200A and 200B will be waived if students have previously completed comparable courses at another regionally accredited four-year degree granting institution with a grade of "B-" or better.

Entrepreneurship Concentration — 12 units

A graduate concentration designed for those on teams starting their own businesses.

For students who want to know how to start and grow their own business, this concentration offers the opportunity to learn how to design, finance and manage a new venture. Real-world practical skills combined with the most current theory will provide a solid foundation for developing your own business venture. All students in this program will construct a business plan for their venture, and will also have the flexibility to choose additional courses to support their particular interests.

Required Courses -- 6 units

MGT 301
MGT 312
Business Planning for Entrepreneurs


Two of the following:
FI 318
Venture Capital and Start-Up Financing
MGT 348
Negotiating in Business
MKT 335
New-Product Decisions
OP 303
Managing Innovation and Technology


Any 300 or above level course with permission of the MBA Director.

Finance Concentration — 12 units

An analytical graduate concentration designed to prepare MBA students for a finance specialty.

Whatever goal students have in the world of business, from corporate management to consulting and entrepreneurship, the study of finance gives them the grounding in decision-making techniques that will help ensure the financial health of their enterprise in the competitive global market. Students learn capital budgeting, capital structure, investment management, and short-term capital management. Our unique method; combining a theoretical knowledge of finance with extensive hands-on learning, using real-life case studies and our state-of-the art computer labs, gives students the abilities to be an effective and competent manager in any organization.

Required Courses — 12 units

FI 300
Corporate Finance

Three 300- or 400-level courses (9 units) with the FI or ECON prefix, which may include:

FI 497
Corporate Finance

Global Supply Chain Management Concentration -- 12 units

A powerful graduate concentration designed to prepare MBA students for a career in supply chain management

Global supply chain management (GSCM) is a group of business processes involved in providing goods and services to customers including worldwide management of purchasing, production, logistics, inventory, order, technology, and international trade operations. The GSCM concentration provides students with the theories and practices to be successful in this area of modern business that is now critical for a competitive advantage. Students take two core and two elective courses that cover the key strategic, design, tactical, and execution management knowledge for advanced competency. The elective courses allow students to tailor their education in the most important areas of GSCM. This program uses real world application, key decision analytics, expert content, cases, and projects to prepare students to become change agents for GSCM evolution in their organizations. In addition to professional knowledge, each student will also have the opportunity to create a career plan to accomplish their goals with the support of academic, industry, and alumni advisors to create a regime of continuous learning and networking beyond the degree.

Core Courses -- 6 Units

OP 321
Supply Chain Planning and Control
OP 329
Global Supply Chain Management Applications and Analytics (to be taken as last concentration course)

Electives -- 6 Units

Select two of the following:
OP 301
Sustainable Supply Chain Operations
OP 302
Quality Management and Process Improvement
OP 303
Managing Innovation and Technology
OP 305
Supply Chain Management Technology and Information Systems
OP 320
Strategic Sourcing
OP 323
Supply Chain Logistics Management
OP 398
Internship: Operations Management

Human Resource Management Concentration — 12 units

A versatile graduate concentration designed to groom MBA students for a career as an HR manager.

In the competitive global marketplace, effective management of human resources is necessary for success. Students learn to understand the human resource issues brought about by technology and the international business environment, and how to apply that knowledge as a human resource manager or personnel officer in business and public organizations. Students will receive relevant instruction to learn how to hire, train, develop, and manage a work force including benefits information, labor relations, and the latest employment laws.

Required Courses — 12 units

MGT 346
Human Resource Management
MGT 370
Strategic Human Resource Management
Two of the following:
MGT 305
Managing People in International Settings
MGT 341
Benefits Administration
MGT 342
Compensation and Administration
MGT 343
Labor Relations
MGT 344
Training and Development
MGT 358
Employment Law
MGT 359
Managing the Employment Function
Selected Topics in Management
MGT 398
Internship: Management

Information Technology Management Concentration -- 12 units

A focused graduate concentration designed to prepare MBA students to work with or within the IT field.

The concentration in information technology introduces students to the capabilities made possible by IT, as well as the challenges associated with being an IT manager. Students learn about selecting and planning IT initiatives, applying data analytics to business problems, and addressing issues of security and privacy within the business environment. Upon completion, students will also understand how to align IT with business needs and how IT enables business value.

Required Courses -- 12 units

ITM 300
Managing Information Technology in the Business Enterprise
ITM 323
Security, Privacy and Compliance
ITM 324
Data Analytics for Business
ITM 344
Project Governance: Portfolio & Program Management

International Business Concentration — 12 units

A global graduate concentration designed to train MBA students for a career in an international setting.

The globalization of the marketplace has increased the demand for internationally oriented managers. This concentration prepares students for a managerial career in an international setting. It is designed to respond to the changing demands for managers who are in tune with the international economy through the advanced electives in international marketing, international finance, or international operations management. Students gain a high degree of competence and confidence in understanding the context of international business.

Four of the following*:

ECON 340
International Trade and Finance
FI 343
International Corporate Finance
MGT 305
Managing People in International Settings
MGT 306
Legal Aspects of International Business Transactions
MKT 343
International Marketing
OP 329
Global Supply Chain Management

*Other 300-level courses related to international business

Management Concentration — 12 units

A dynamic graduate concentration designed to prepare MBA students for a management position in their career.

This concentration program educates students in the use of modern management theories, concepts, research findings, and problem-solving techniques. Students get an in-depth foundation in evolving theories and contemporary management problems, and will be well prepared to manage creatively and effectively in the current business environment. Special attention is paid to communication, organization, and conflict resolution, strengths that lie at the core of a good managerial skill set.

Required Courses — 12 units

MGT 320
Management Leadership: Theory and Practice
MGT 346
Human Resource Management
MGT 348
Negotiating in Business

One of the following:
MGT 301
MGT 338
The Manager as Communicator
MGT 353
Organizational Development
Organizational Behavior
Conflict Resolution
MGT 398
Internship: Management

Marketing Concentration — 12 units

A fundamental graduate concentration designed to prepare MBA students for success in the rapidly changing marketing field.

Often considered the central discipline of business, the challenges and practices of marketing are evolving along with the changes in the contemporary business environment. This concentration prepares students to manage the marketing function inside private or public sector business organizations. General management and marketing techniques, such as market research and market planning, are covered along with the current trends and techniques in the field like digital marketing, social media, and the increasing mobile marketing trends.

Required Courses — 12 units

Four of the following:

Any 300-level course with the MKT prefix, which may include:

MKT 398
Internship: Marketing
PR 320
Contemporary Public Relations/a>

Multiple Concentrations

Two or more concentrations may be taken in the MBA program. In addition to the course requirements for the concentrations, students must also complete the coursework for all the foundation and the advanced programs. All of the coursework for multiple concentrations must be completed prior to graduation; students may not request any additional concentrations after they have received their MBA. The diploma will list all of the concentrations that the student successfully completed by the date of graduation.

Project Management Concentration -- 12 units

A structured graduate concentration designed to groom MBA students for careers in project management

Golden Gate University is a PMI® member and a PMI Registered Education Provider (REP).

The concentration in Project Management gives students grounding in multiple skills including budgeting, conflict resolution, communication, project scope, developing and using resources, leadership, and team building. Students gain knowledge from faculty who are certificated by PMI. The content of courses is integrated with the Project Management Institute, Inc., A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®, Guide) - Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc. 2013. As students progress through their courses, they are preparing themselves for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification exam. The PM concentration provides an opportunity for those who wish to build on their MBA degree work by obtaining project management skills. The certificate is for those who may be working and intend to apply project management skills in their present and future professional endeavors.


OP 340
Project Management
OP 343
Project Planning and Control
OP 345
Project Administration, Leadership and Team Dynamics
OP 346
The Practice of Project Management (to be taken as part of the final six units of the project management coursework or with consent of the department chair)

Public Administration Concentration — 12 units

A progressive graduate concentration designed to prepare MBA students to navigate the bureaucracy of the public sector.

Outsourcing of public sector services to business and non-profit organizations has increased the need for private sector managers who understand how the government bureaucracy works. This concentration provides students with the necessary skills and Knowledge to be successful at public management, applying what they learned to approach the public sector with the mindset of a private sector manager. Students will learn to manage finances in a not-for-profit company, labor practices in the public sector, and running a business amidst all the legal red tape that can come along with public administration.

Required Courses — 12 units

EMPA 300
Theory, Ethics, and Practice in Public Service

Two of the following:
EMPA 302
Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
EMPA 304
Public Enterprise Management and Public Sector Business Relations
EMPA 305
Public Budgeting and Financial Management
EMPA 306
Public Service and the Law
EMPA 307
Public Personnel Management

Public Relations Concentration - 12 Units

The concentration in public relations for MBA students prepares students to manage the public relations function within public relations agencies, corporations, non-profit, and public sector organizations. The public relations courses provide theory and hands-on practice of core PR skills, complementing the required business discipline courses of the MBA degree.

Required Courses — 12 units

PR 320
Contemporary Public Relations

Three of the following:
PR 330A
Writing for Public Relations and Marketing Communications
PR 332
Media Relations and the Professional Spokesperson
PR 334
Managing Public Issues: Consumer Affairs and Government Relations
PR 396A-ZZ
Selected Topics in Public Relations
PR 398
Internship: Public Relations
PR 399
Directed Study in PR

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